A new report by the Internet Reboot institute reveals some shocking statistics about Internet domain use, and the new gTLD name space.
According to the report, 88% of those that oppose the expansion of the Internet name space, also known as new gTLDs, are strongly attached to outdated technology and media.
Of that percent, 69.5% still read newspapers and circulars, while 65% were born before 1970.
References to the observation of antiquated practices identify so-called Luddites; individuals that are unable or refusing to adapt to new technologies.
The Internet Reboot report also mentions that 98.3% of gTLD ‘haters’ still own one or more of the following items:
- A flip or slide phone – as opposed to a smart phone
- A PC made in 2005 or earlier, running Windows XP.
- A subscription to their local city newspaper or journal, delivered every morning by 7:00am.
- A car that is made in the US.
The Internet Reboot institute wants to step in and offer education to those who are unable to educate themselves:
“Such conservative individuals rarely adopt new technologies such as gTLDs,” says Maggy Papadopoulos of the Internet Reboot institute.
“We are offering extensive educational seminars in hope that those poor souls will move on with the times, and the ongoing effort is paying off, but there is still a long way to go,” adds Papadopoulos.
The release of data about gTLD adoption by so-called technology Luddites will be made available at a later date, in a detailed report; we will publish it as soon as we receive it.
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